Eastern Slovenia is definitely less known than the coast or the Julian Alps. It is a land of gentle mountains, vineyards and peace, as if created for people looking for rest away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis.
The most important city of the region is Maribor, located on the Drawa. It is known for making wine and the wine cellar lying on the river, as well as for the castle and the nice, well-kept Old Town. The Pohorje massif rises above the city, which is a popular recreational area. In summer you can meet cyclists and hiking tourists, and in winter skiers for whom over 120 km of downhill and cross-country trails have been prepared.
The second of the interesting centers of this region is the city of Celje, above which stands the medieval Old Castle. Its walls offer a view of the surrounding area, while the courtyard serves as an arena for various cultural and outdoor events. Below the castle is the interesting Old Town with the cathedral, Renaissance and Baroque tenement houses as well as small shops and restaurants.
Eastern Slovenia is primarily a land of villages and small towns. They lie in valleys between forested hills. Many of them are surrounded by vineyards and orchards. The region is famous for agritourism farms and excellent cuisine. Many guesthouses and local restaurants specialize in traditional dishes and create the gourmet gourmet trail. An interesting fact about the rural part of the region is Špičnik, where in one of the vineyards you can see a road in the shape of a heart.